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Was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Criticism of 'Girls' Correct? [Reader Forum]

Was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Criticism of ‘Girls’ Correct? [Reader Forum]

by Nia King on February 4 2013, 9:45AM

Colorlines readers respond to Donald Glover’s role on “Girls,” high youth murder rates in Chicago, and domestic violence charges levied against a former NFL player.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Flash Mob Brings Us Closer to Cancer Free

Flash Mob Brings Us Closer to Cancer Free

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2013, 2:12PM

Let’s hope that one you’ll be watching the Super Bowl and come across a commercial like this one.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviews 'Girls,' Calls Donald Glover Role 'Some Jungle Fever Lover

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reviews ‘Girls,’ Calls Donald Glover Role ‘Some Jungle Fever Lover”

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2013, 11:02AM

His review touches on race, sex, name drops “My So Called Life” and says directors and artist Miranda July may be a more accurate “voice of a generation adrift.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: An Op-Ed About Coca-Cola's Racist History

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: An Op-Ed About Coca-Cola’s Racist History

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 4:06PM

Coca-Cola kept their products away from African-Americans for years. While Pepsi deliberately marketed to black customers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, /NOW

Win, Fail or Racist? 5 Super Bowl Commercials For You to Chime in On

Win, Fail or Racist? 5 Super Bowl Commercials For You to Chime in On

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 10:41AM

Take a look at the commercials and tell us if you think they’re a win, a big fail or racist.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

5 Ways Our Changing Culture Will Show Up at the Super Bowl

5 Ways Our Changing Culture Will Show Up at the Super Bowl

by Jamilah King on January 31 2013, 9:00AM

This ain’t your grandfather’s big game.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Watch Jamaicans React To Volkswagen's Super Bowl Ad [Video]

Watch Jamaicans React To Volkswagen’s Super Bowl Ad [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 31 2013, 8:54AM

The Jamaica Gleaner went out and asked the Caribbean island’s citizens how they felt about the ad and found some didn’t agree with the minister of tourism.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Georgia Man Kills Latino After GPS Sends Him to Wrong Driveway

Georgia Man Kills Latino After GPS Sends Him to Wrong Driveway

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2013, 10:10AM

Phillip Walker Sailors, 69, has been charged with malice murder in the killing of Rodrigo Abad Diaz, a 22-year-old Cuban immigrant who mistakenly pulled into his driveway due to faulty GPS directions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

15 Things You Didn't Know About 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler

15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Fruitvale’ Director Ryan Coogler

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2013, 1:56PM

Here’s a look at what sets director Ryan Coogler apart from other filmmakers working in hollywood.

Topics: 'Fruitvale Station', Arts & Culture, /NOW

Kerry Washington Talks Race, Art and James Baldwin in New Short Film

Kerry Washington Talks Race, Art and James Baldwin in New Short Film

by Jorge Rivas on January 29 2013, 11:34AM

“I remember stumbling upon him at a time when I was sort of grappling with who was right—Malcom or Martin?, Washington says in the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Anarchy in the Archives: Zine Project Brings Punks of Color to the Academy

Anarchy in the Archives: Zine Project Brings Punks of Color to the Academy

by Nia King on January 29 2013, 9:41AM

A new project is working to make sure that zines by people of color are easy to find and share.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Do You Or Someone You Know Need a Pep Talk?

Do You Or Someone You Know Need a Pep Talk?

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 8:01PM

Everybody can be boring, but you’re gooder than that.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

LeBron James Gives Mom a Shout Out From White House: 'Mama, I made it!'

LeBron James Gives Mom a Shout Out From White House: ‘Mama, I made it!’

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 4:22PM

LeBron James presented Obama with an autographed basketball and had a special message for his ‘mama.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Ryan Coogler's 2009 Film 'Locks'

Watch Ryan Coogler’s 2009 Film ‘Locks’

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 3:46PM

Watch the film he made before “Fruitvale.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why Do NFL Players Risk Their Lives for Football? It's the Economy, Stupid

Why Do NFL Players Risk Their Lives for Football? It’s the Economy, Stupid

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 2:58PM

67 percent of NFL players in the 2011 season were black.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler Brought Real Life to the Big Screen

How ‘Fruitvale’ Director Ryan Coogler Brought Real Life to the Big Screen

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2013, 11:20AM

Oscar Grant was murdered by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer on new year’s day four years ago. His story is once again making international headlines thanks to a young director’s film that recounts Grant’s last 24-hours.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Houston Waiter Stands Up For Special Needs Child [Video]

Houston Waiter Stands Up For Special Needs Child [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2013, 12:54PM

Meet Michael Garcia, a waiter at Laurenzo’s Restaurant in Houston, Texas.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Professional Lip Reader Says He Knows Why The First Lady Rolled Her Eyes at Boehner

Professional Lip Reader Says He Knows Why The First Lady Rolled Her Eyes at Boehner

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2013, 11:53AM

“Inside Edition” sent out their detectives to do some investigating.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

I'm Barack Obama and I Approve These Bangs

I’m Barack Obama and I Approve These Bangs

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 3:40PM

“I love Michelle Obama,” the president said at the start of brief remarks at a candlelight reception at the National Building Museum on Sunday. “And to address the most significant event of this weekend: I love her bangs.”…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Bidding War at Sundance for Oscar Grant Film

Bidding War at Sundance for Oscar Grant Film

by Jorge Rivas on January 22 2013, 12:50PM

The Weinstein Company is wrapping up a deal to acquire “Fruitvale,” a drama based film based on Oscar Grant’s last days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW